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Read My Lips


Read My Lips

Hippos have a bad reputation. They’re often called the most dangerous animal in Africa and are said to be responsible for killing more people than any other wild creature.

Watch Out For Blowout


Watch Out For Blowout

In the days of film, exposure in bright areas was always a challenge, and we’d constantly try to outthink the meter by over- or underexposing our images.

New Percentages


New Percentages

George Lepp recently returned from an expedition to Africa, where he was using the Canon EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV, and one of his traveling companions was using the Nikon D3 and D3S.

The Unguarded Moment


The Unguarded Moment

It’s obvious at a glance that the cover of Steve McCurry’s new book, The Unguarded Moment (Phaidon), is a great photograph. ...

The Digital Zone System


The Digital Zone System

When Ansel Adams developed the Zone System with Fred Archer in 1940, he gave photographers a tool great for controlling their images—but only with black-and-white film, and only with view cameras, where sheets of film could be processed individually....

Film Vs. Digital


Film Vs. Digital

When we examine legendary photographers like Ansel Adams, we realize that, by today’s standards, the equipment they used was more of a handicap than a secret ingredient.

Be Adventurous


Be Adventurous

The great American author Ernest Hemingway once wrote, “There are only three sports: bullfighting, motor racing and mountaineering; all the rest are merely games.”

Avian Abstracts


Avian Abstracts

Abstraction is defined as “freedom from representational qualities in art.” That’s what I tried to do with my series of avian abstracts—to make a series where form is translated into another form, where you as a viewer have to make up your own mind as to...

Trying Infrared


Trying Infrared

What are the advantages, if any, of having a digital camera converted solely to infrared capture versus using the B+W 093 IR filter on my DSLR?

Meditations In Black-And-White


Meditations In Black-And-White

I recently had a client ask to see some images—black-and-white nature photographs for a corporate environment.

Transforming Large Format


Transforming Large Format

Jack Dykinga doesn’t treat his newest camera as a state secret, although it would be understandable if he did. After all, he calls it a “secret large-format camera.” And it’s made by Nikon.

Gimbal Heads


Gimbal Heads

Bird photographers and other action shooters frequently have to use really long lenses to get close-ups of often-distant subjects. ...

Faster And Easier Image Processing


Faster And Easier Image Processing

Nature & Nurture


Nature & Nurture

Nature photographers not only are major contributors to the profession of photography, but also to our growing understanding of the natural world.

Also labeled: Camera Technique

Tame Your Dynamic Range


Tame Your Dynamic Range

A neutral-density filter is used to darken an image to allow increased exposure time.

Also labeled: Column, Tech Tips

Mauna Loa View


Mauna Loa View

As photographers, I think we reach others not just by building a sterile inventory of detail, but by seeking pristine and primal light and using it to the landscape’s advantage.

Capturing Time


Capturing Time

Not much is known about the ancient people who lived around 5,000 years ago in the American Southwest, but they left haunting expressions of themselves and their spirit world as rock paintings scattered throughout the secluded canyons of the Colorado...

Also labeled: Column, World View

Glacier Trekking


Glacier Trekking

Stepping onto a glacier brings you to one of the more surreal landscapes one can visit on this planet.

Also labeled: Column, Photo Adventure

High Dynamic Range Done Naturally


High Dynamic Range Done Naturally

If you want to spark up a heated debate amongst a group of nature photographers these days, all you need to do is mention HDR. ...

Go B&W In Winter


Go B&W In Winter

Winter is a wondrous season for photographers, with its own unique challenges and triumphs. For many of us, the landscape changes shape and character entirely, covered in a blanket of Mother Nature’s finest frozen concoction.

Shooting Macro? Try Flash!


Shooting Macro? Try Flash!

Most nature photographers spend the majority of their time shooting the very large in the natural world—big mountains, big animals. We become obsessed with the grandeur of outdoor photography.

Also labeled: Solutions

Old West Color


Old West Color

There’s an old cowboy adage that goes, “Talk less and say more,” and David Stoecklein does just that. Based out of Idaho, he has photographed amazingly iconic images of the American West for more than 20 years. Astoundingly, whether it’s of a modern...

Also labeled: Techniques

Into The Caves Of Patagonia


Into The Caves Of Patagonia

A few days before, we had left our home in Colorado in the midst of a winter storm, our visions of sunshine, wildflowers and this lake calling us 7,000 miles south. Months previously, our friends, the landscape photographer Linde Waidhofer and her...

Also labeled: Camera Technique

10 Tips For Top Sharpness


10 Tips For Top Sharpness

Nature photographers are always on the quest for sharp pictures. I know I am. I want to be sure that when something should be sharp in a photograph, it’s indeed sharp.

Beware Of The Sun?


Beware Of The Sun?

I recently “went digital” with a Nikon D90. While exploring the user’s manual, I was surprised to read a warning to keep the sun well out of the frame when shooting backlit subjects.

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New Perspective On Iconic Subjects


New Perspective On Iconic Subjects

Travel photographers working in tourist destinations face a dilemma: the iconic view, skyline or structure of a place often is so well known and photographed that it’s almost impossible to come up with anything new.

Also labeled: Column, Photo Traveler

Inside A High-End Workshop


Inside A High-End Workshop

I’m going to teach you how you can tell stories with pictures, and that’s quite different from taking pictures just by looking at the surface of things.”

Also labeled: workshops

Adding Sound


Adding Sound

We’re heading to a multimedia age. As new HD video-capable D-SLRs come online with more and more frequency, nature photographers are increasingly able to add dimension to their photography by incorporating motion and still imagery into short...

Also labeled: Solutions

Shooting Under Paradise


Shooting Under Paradise

During a recent foray to Hawai’i to give seminars and workshops for the Canon Explorers of Light, I knew I’d be doing some snorkeling. (Hey! Somebody has to do this job!) I’ve previously used PowerShot compact digital cameras with underwater housings....

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Respectful Distance


Respectful Distance

When I first traveled to the Falkland Islands in the mid-1980s, I encountered very few other visitors. I was able to roam alone and marvel at the islands’ abundant wildlife. When I returned a few years ago, great changes had taken place.

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